IRVINE, CA – The Caltech fencing team participated at the IFCSC team competition on Sunday afternoon at UC Irvine. Caltech claimed at least one team in each of the weapons for both men and women.
Among the highlights during the women's portion of the meet were numerous victories in each of three weapons.
The foil duo of Katie Fisher and Stephanie Moon beat UC Santa Barbara, USC and Arizona State out right despite being a person short of the regular three competitors. In the head-to-head meet against USC and Arizona the Beavers came away with wins because they accumulated more touches then their competitors.
Christina Meyers and Constance Robinson were the key contributors in the epee wins over UCLA and Arizona State. They almost swept the Bruins as the Beavers won eight of nine bouts. The sabre trio of Shi En Kim, Bella Guo and Seohyum Kim also picked up a win by knocking off UC Santa Barbara.
During the men's competition a handful of competitors got into the action for the first time while some returners helped paved the way for team wins.
The foil team beat UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, USC and Arizona State. The win over the Sun Devils came down to the final bout as first-year Matthew Jin broke the 4-4 tie by pulling out the victory. Also contributing to the foil wins were Eugene Vinitsky, Anup Kishore and Keegan Mendonca.
John Christian, Taylor Strumwasser and Omer Subasi were key cogs in helping the epee team post wins over UC Santa Barbara and Pasadena Community College. They very nearly beat Arizona State but the Sun Devils flipped the script this time as they won the final bout to break the 4-4 deadlock. Jonathan Stauffer and Will Yu also stepped into bouts as they continue to adapt to collegiate fencing.
The Beavers will next participate in an NCAA sanction meet when they travel to the Western Invitational on Jan. 11 at Stanford.